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obama to come to south africa to pay their respects. what are you seeing and feeling there in anticipation of all of these world leaders coming there? >> well, there most certainly is the sense of appreciation and pride that a south african leader like nelson mandela put this country into the spotlight, and that his passing away is causing this attention, these global leaders to come into the country itself. there's also a sense amongst people that perhaps this celebration, this aura of celebration is going to morph into a much more somber atmosphere, especially as we get closer and during the days when he is actually being buried, the day when of course that memorial for him is going to be taking place. this has really been a moment for so many that we've been speaking to, to really feel that sense of pride in the country that's prided their country gave birth to an individual to such a hero and icon. >> we'll check back with you, arwa damon on the scene. still to come much more on the impact of nelson mandela and his leg pi. rick stengel of "time" magazine will be m
africa and united states president obama. one of the differences addressing directly your point. at what point we don't know, de klerk and his allies decided it was in their interest to make mandela's presidency successful for south africa. they didn't like it. they ran against him. but for the good of the nation, to have this great reconciliation, we need to make this work. i don't think that has happened with president obama. there are those that have said that no matter what, he can do whatever it is miraculous, we are determined to have his demise. and we don't care if the country itself is shut down, government, whatever. i think that's the big difference in the opposition they faced is the commitment to the country over your party's position. >> one lesson, i think, from mandela's example for president obama, for any leader, mandela never ceded the moral high ground. he always kept the moral high ground. and i believe that was in part his nature, and i believe that was in part a calculation that in the end, morality would work out. in the end the arc of history would bend toward mo
of the program, also starting to converge on south africa. you see there president and mrs. obama boarding air force one. they took off from andrews air force base in maryland. several hours ago now. they're well on their way and former president george w. bush and his wife and former first lady laura bush are en route to johannesburg. >> tomorrow when the official memorial service is going to take place, it's the city's soccer stadium. we want to go live to robin ker now outside of the mandela home. set the scene for us, the mood. this is day four of a ten-day mourning period. >> and i spoke to somebody close to mandela. they said it wasn't enough to not only say good-bye to such a great man but it wasn't enough to organize all of this. just imagine trying to organize more than 90 heads of state, plus more than 80,000 to 90,000 people in that stadium just for tomorrow. in terms of the way south africa is saying good-bye, you can see it behind me. it's starting to rain. people are still outside his home and they've been here nonstop since that thursday announcement. what is key is that they do
will be going to south africa. president obama and three former presidents will be at nelson mandela's memorial service in south africa on tuesday. >> all across the country right now, millions of people are in churches and mosques and temples and synagogues to on are nelson mandela. in the biggest catholic church today, joining us now from johannesburg, david, we're wondering what are you seeing today when it comes to memorializing nelson mandela? >> well, christi, throughout this country it's been a day for people to flock to their places of worship and remember this great man here in south africa. a man who did so many for so many individual people. he did so much. in this church behind me, so steeped in history here in south africa, it's a catholic church which was very linked to the struggle against apartheid, even children who fought against authorities in the '70s fled to this church. there's still bullet holes in the windows remembering what happened here. mostly people are remembering the legacy of nelson mandela, singing praises for him, singing both christian songs and songs of the a
africa. leaders from at least a dozen countries will be here, united states president obama, as well as two former presidents, presidents clinton and bush as well as their wives will be in attendance with many other american dignitaries. they will be joined by the leaders of at least a dozen other countries, and more are continuing to join. >> madiba, this guy was the greatest, we'll never see someone like him again. >> reporter: on sunday, thousands packed places of worship in pretoria and soweto, different creeds and colors honoring a special man. >> today was a special mass for madiba. he said peace and we must hold that peace so that where is he, he'll be very pleased. >> reporter: tears and cheers capturing the loss and love for tata or father, as south africans called mandela. the makeshift memorials outside mandela's johannesburg home continue to grow but the greatest memorial may be the faces, black and white together. parents bring children who will live a life madiba helped make possible. >> they were born free, they were born in the free south africa so they'll experience
. president obama is on the way to south africa forred policemenial service. this hour the potential dangers he faces along with three former u.s. presidents and dozens of world leaders. >>> plus killing cancer like a cold. a new experimental treatment is saving young lives, patients who thought their options had run out. >>> online gamers beware, the nsa may be spies on you. declassified documents reveal the feds are snooping on players of some very popular games. what or who are they looking for? i'm wolf blitzer, you're in "the situation room." it all begins in just a matter of hours, one of the biggest farewells to a world leaders ever. the memorial service for nelson mandela is bringing together hundreds of powerful people from around the globe, including four american presidents, along with tens of thousands of south africans. it will be crowded and emotional, and it will be a huge security challenge. our senior white house security correspondent brianna keilar is standing by, but first let's go to aisha is the move building on the ground before this massive memorial service? >> report
africa's first black president and icon of reconciliation and forgiveness. president obama and george bush, bill clinton and jimmy carter will attend tuesday's memorial service for mandela. naz johannesburg. church mass from the church of nativity in bethlehem. ♪ that mass will also happen, i think we have pictures of that. the death of nelson mandela has led many to reflect on really what it means to forgive. and what it means to be forgiven. and when mandela walked out of prison after 27 years, brutal years behind bars, he forgave his jailers. he let go of the pain and regret and hurt. >> and, you know what? that's not an easy thing to do for any of us in our lives based on if somebody has hurt us. a lot of us will never -- know what exactly that was like. but we get that hurt and that pain and how do you forgive? how do you get over it? to discuss, we are joined by brent stron who teaches bible and theology at the canvas school and in new york we have a clinical psychologist. thank you both so much for being with us. i want to read a quote to you here from mandela about forgivene
begin in south africa on tuesday, presidents obama, bush and carter will all attend. nelson mandela visited our country just after he was released from prison back in 1990. our next guest was the man who matt him at the airport in new york city. quote, mandela was a genuine hero, also my personal hero, a transcend ant symbol of freedom, he believed against overwhelming odds he would one day succeed. he was ready to die for his beliefs. there may have been people equal in modern history but i would dare say no one was ever greater. joining us new york city mayor david dinkins. mr. mayor, welcome. >> good to see you again. >> good to see you, too. we know him and remember him as an icon. you knew him personally. what was he like as a person? >> that's the thing that was most amazing about him, total absence of bitterness. i don't know who among us after having been imprisoned for more than 27 years in protest against a cause you deeply believe could behave as he did. but here is a man who when they asked him why aren't you angry and what not? his response was to be angry was to contin
." >> president obama is heading to south africa for nelson mandela's memorial service. when he returns, expect him to refocus on what he says is his administration's target for the remainder of his presidency. a tale of two americas, candidate obama vowed to heal a polarized nation but that is proving increasingly difficult. his first term ended by tieing jouj l george w. bush as the most polarizing year ever. look how far the lines really are. it's no surprise since over the past decade the nation's seen a rise in liberal democrats and conservative republicans, it's which way politics to the fringe or center. we search far and wide to find someone who knows politics and elected as a republican governor and served four presidents including one democrat named obama. and the only name we could come up with is huntsman. yes, that's my dad jon. welcome to "the cycle." we've banished luke to the remote camera so you can be surrounded by beautiful women, a man with five daughters -- >> i have to say, i've been at a lot of tables but never been so intimidated. and so honored, i have to tell you, it's
with africa. we share in that excitement and pride. what did those words mean to president obama as he was getting ready to take the oath of office, joshua? >> i'm sure they meant a great deal. there was a serious personal connection between the two of them. there was a meeting they had in 2005 at a hotel in washington, a real tender moment. there's a beautiful photo from that from that moment. but as jelani said, if this man after 27 years in prison could bring down the institution of apartheid and become president of the same country that imprisoned him, anyone can do anything when faced with challenges, including an african-american man become k president of the united states. i think that broader symbolism meant a lot to president obama. >> there have been for several years now of course a number of comparisons made between nelson mandela and president obama. "the washington post" characterized how the president in the past has dealt with those comparisons saying in part, quote, the american president regularly shied from direct comparisons with mr. mandela. mr. obama often noted p
continuiecontinues. president obama along with president bush and clinton will head to africa for the funeral. mandela died thursday at the age of 95 after a long battle with a lung infection. >>> the grammy nominations are out. justin timberlake and rapper jay-z lead the pack. song of the year, and best new artist is this man. performs at last night's nominations. ♪ say i never failed ♪ >> ooh! 17-year-old newcomer and bruno mars nominations. the 56 awards show airs january 26th. >>> you dancing along? >> shows you how out of touch i am with the kids. >> not me. i'm on top of it. a number of one-named singers these days. >> following on the heels of madonna and sting. >> now time for rick who only goes by one name. we have a weather look for you you severe weather. at least 11 people are dead after a winter storm and cold temperatures hit the united states. ice, sleet and snow in parts of texas causing several accidents. power outages. flight cancellations. in oklahoma city, slick roads, many motorists stranded and causing an suv to flip over there. in california, three people died of hy
the obamas aboard air force one to make the trip to south africa for mandela's services. former president bill clinton and hillary clinton also expected to attend. no word yet if the clintons will be flying on air force one with presidents obama and bush. we've just learned a spokesman for former president carter also telling nbc he is going to south africa as part of the elders delegation. he will not be on air force one with the obamas. new today in politics, president obama is scheduled to speak this hour about u.s.-israeli relations in the current environment. part of a forum sponsored by the saban center at the brookings institute. other speakers include secretary of state john kerry, israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu. new today, the president is calling on congress to extend unemployment benefits set to expire on december 28th. >>. >> the nonpartisan congressional budget office predicted allowing them to expire will be a drag on economic growth next year. a report by the department of labor and my council of economic advisors estimated could cost businesses 240,000 jobs. and
lady michelle obama are on their way to south africa for tomorrow's memorial for nelson mandela. they left this morning on air force one along with former president george w. bush, laura bush, and hillary clinton. bill clinton's traveling separately from rio and jimmy carter will join them in johannesburg as well. only the second time in history that the current president and three former ones are together on foreign soil. also making the trip, texas republican senator ted cruz. senate democrats were asked not to go because of their busy legislative calendar this week. on the house side, aaron schock is leading a 24-member delegation. many of those members are for the congressional black caucus. president obama will speak tomorrow at the service which you can watch right here on msnbc beginning at 4:00 a.m. eastern. that's tomorrow in the morning. we'll be right back after this. d over the taste of starbucks house blend? not that we like tooting our own horn but... ♪ toot toot. [ male announcer ] find gevalia in the coffee aisle or at [ male announcer ] how could s
. students including a young barack obama called for the universities to end investments in south africa. free nelson mandela was a popular cry and pressure grew for sanctions. it was not just jesse helmings who had staged a filibuster to block a martin luther king holiday and blocked sanctions against south africa, president ronald reagan was against sanctions against south africa opening up a split in the gop. after the government crack said down on anti-apartheid protests in reagan's first term will killing more than 2,000 blacks and imprisoning thousands, they had a party of constructionive engagement. >> this is a sovereign nation. you ka can't tell them how to run their country. >> after may passed sanctions, reagan vetoed the bill in september. >> i think the simple case is that punitive sanctions that would affect the economy there would not only be disruptive to surrounding states that are linked to south africa's economy and be punitive to the people that we want to help. i think that up on the hill there whatever intentions there may be, they are asking for something that woul
. they are hurt by the obama economy. >> the median age of minimum wanl workers is 34 years old. >> when nelson mandela took over south africa he reached across to divide the size of the grand canyon. they worked out deals. why can't your guy obama reach across the divide and talk to republicans? >> to utter his name and not think we should pay a livable wage? >> obama should act like mandela tonight. obama should call boehner and say we are working on a deal. >> out in calling for social justice he's doing that. >> billy -- >> you're making no sense. >> that end this is segment. up next, let the softball questionses tingle up your leg, thrill up your leg. his number one fan, he sat down with the president? did he bow, worship, light candles? we'll play some of that coming up. you have been voting for tonight's video of the day. third final option is a clip of the hilarious -- well, somewhat funny, occasionally funny ron burgundy at emerson college. >> i thought you guys only met once every four years. to pick the president. but to be here at the electoral college -- is it? am i getting that ri
for south africa. >> paul, thank you. >>> a new twist in the troubled rollout of obama care. the obama administration apparently keeps contradicting itself whether or not you should file using paper by hand rather than trying to get on to the crowded website. what would be the problem with using paper? we'll tell you. >> and president obama is defending the iran nuclear deal to our friend israel. he is telling israel that negotiating is in its best interest. >> iran is a large country and is a relatively wealthy country. we have to take seriously the possibility that they are going to try to get a nuclear weapon. that's what this whole exercise is about. american express credit card, every purchase earns you 2% cash back, which is deposited in your fidelity account. is that it? actually... there's no annual fee and no limits on rewards. and with the fidelity cash management account debit card, you get reimbursed for all atm fees. is that it? oh, this guy, too. turn more of the money you spend into money you invest. it's everyday reinvesting for your personal economy. if every u.s. home
. >> that was nelson mandela in 1961. two years later he was in prison in south africa where he remained for 27 years before his sentencing and again on the day he was released from prison nelson mandela made a statement that president obama quoted tonight. >> i have fought against white domination. and i have fought against black domination. i have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together. >> in harmony and, and with equal opportunities. it is which i hope to live for and to achieve. but give me peace. it is an ideal for which i am prepared to die. >> joining our discussion now, michael eric dyson, professor of sociology. and by phone, ms. gault. take us back to that time when nelson mandela was in prison. he was unknown to the world when he went into prison but he gained his worldwide fame there. how did that happen? >> caller: i think that his movement never stopped putting him out there, putting the beliefs out there. and when i went in 1995, i couldn't get into the prison, but i went and looked over to where he was. i went to a little township, you
who helped free south africa from apartheid and inspired citizens of all nations. president obama spoke just moments ago. >> he achieved more than could be expected of any man. and today he's gone home. we've lost one of the most influential, courageous, and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this earth. he no longer belongs to us. he belongs to the ages. for now let us pause and give thanks for the fact that nelson mandela lived. a man who took history in his hands and bent the arc of the moral universe towards justice. may god bless his memory and keep him in peace. >> mandela spent nearly a third of his life as a prisoner of apartheid, but he never stopped believing in freedom for himself and his country. outside his home just moments ago, the people of south africa were singing. ♪ >> we'll be going live to south africa in just a moment, but first i want to bring in nbc news contributor charlene hunter galt. she spent years covering both nelson mandela and the anti-apartheid movement in south africa. thank you for being on tonight. >> thank yo
africa as it became synonymous with the country's greatest struggles and triumphs. mandela meant many things to many people, including president obama, who offered this tribute shortly after mandela's death. >> for now, let us pause and give thanks for the fact that nelson mandela lived, a man who took history in his hands and bent the arc of the moral universe towards justice. >> no one can deny the indelible contributions and sacrifices that nelson mandela made and for the people of south africa and ultimately the world. but often when a great leader passes on, what we think we know about that person and the truth become two different things. after death, the legacies of great leaders are often usurped and punched of any imperfection. this is exactly what happened with dr. martin luther king jr. his contributions are often confined to racial equality battles when his message was, in fact, much larger than that. remember, it wasn't just the march on washington. it was the march on washington for jobs and freedom. king's own economic message of a radical redistribution of wealth was n
that is taking over and controlling people's lives. and obama care is front and center in that. >> what o'reilly said there is 180 from what others said as the first black president in south africa, mandela leaned too much toward corporate leaders in encouraging them to invest and stay invested in south africa. as for santorum, equating it against the health care act is absurd. >>> that's "hardball" for now. coming up next, "your business." [ bells dinging ] ♪ hark how the bells, sweet silver bells ♪ ♪ all seem to say throw care away ♪ ♪ from everywhere, filling the air ♪ [ female announcer ] chex party mix. easy 15-minute homemade recipes you just pop in a microwave. like caramel chocolate drizzles. happier holidays. chex party mix. >>> his shirt company had sought after contracts with big box retailers, so why did he decide to cancel them? some socially conscious gift ideas for your clients and staff. and okay cupid and's ceo's secret to dating and business, try new things. you'll love the small business advice coming up next on "your business." ♪
'll go live to south africa for the latest on the death of a towering statesman. then, the white house launches a new obama care offensive. >> you got good ideas, bring them to me. let's go. but we're not repeang
official here in johannesburg put it, the world is coming to south africa to pay tribute to nelson mandela, the father of south africa. it is the single largest gathering of heads of state and gives just in a few hours, president obama, former president george w. bush and hill
over your latest column which focuses on the president's trip to south africa and robben island where nelson mandela was held. how much of an impact do you think nelson mandela has had on prison obama? >> well, i was standing just a few feet away from then senator obama in 2006 when he was touring robben island. i had a sense his first trip was a pilgrimage. he started his career, as everyone noted, his interest in politics being an anti-apartheid protesters. coming to robben island, getting the tour, seeing for himself, walking in the path where mandela was. you know, the picture you have on now is on his second visit. this one was last june. he did strike is some of the same pose. but you would do that. because you're looking through the -- you're in the steps of a man who lived the life who walked the walk. and i think on his first trip, seeing it for the first time, the enormity of what it was like to live under those conditions for so many years. when you see the limestone quarry that you had to stare out day after day in the blinding sun you could see there was a sense of -- i d
where president obama and the first lady just boarded air force one. they're on their way to south africa to pay tribute to nelson mandela who died last week at the age of 95. tomorrow's national memorial service will serve as a rare reunion of nearly all of the living american presidents. george w. bush and laura bush are on air force one, along with the president now. secretary hillary clinton, also on the plane. president bill clinton and jimmy carter are traveling separately. president george herbert walker bush is the only living president not to attends. the 89-year-old is no longer able to travel long distances and certainly is one, even though it is on air force one all the way to south africa. >>> welcome back. the live tv broadcast of "the sound of music" may have struck ratings gold with more than 18 million viewers. but some critics weren't so good especially about carrie underwood's performance. some parodied the show. ♪ a song is when you put notes together in a certain order ♪ ♪ notes you made with your mouth and that's music. does that make sense? >> no! >> jo
. president obama, as well as former presidents bill clinton, george w. bush, all expected to attend ceremonies in south africa in the next several days. before he is buried in his rural hometown one week from tomorrow. >>> a real leader in very many ways, on many levels. >> an iconic figure. >> for sure. >>> it was 72 years ago today japan launched the surprise attack pullingth united states into world war ii. we will go to pearl harbor as we remember that fateful day. >>> may be the key to the success of obama care, but as the signup deadline nears, can president obama urge enough young healthy people to buy in? >> i do remember what it's like being 27 or 28 and aside from the occasional basketball injury, you know, most of the time i kind of felt like i had nothing to worry about. of course, that's what most people think. until they have something to worry about. so ally bank has a raise your re cd that wothat's correct.a rate. cause'm really nervous about getting trapped. why's that? uh, mark? go get help! i have my reasons. look, you don't have to feel trapped with our raise yr
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